LANTURNA SPRING
FAMILY CAMP
Blue Ridge Mountains, VA

WELCOME & ORIENTATION

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CAMPSITE ADDRESS

Brethren Woods Camp & Retreat Center

4896 Armentrout Path Keezletown, VA 22832

We strongly recommend that all attendees take Friday off from work and school and arrive at the campsite as our program will commence at 3:00 with jumuʿah prayer.

TRAVEL

Flying – We encourage you to arrive at Dulles Airport (IAD) on Friday, May 24 before noon for guaranteed transport with one of our volunteers. If you arrive at Dulles airport before noon on Friday, our volunteers will provide you transportation to the program. If you arrive later or at Washington National (DCA) airport, you are welcome to rent a car or request transport from other attendees via our WhatsApp group. Bear in mind that the campsite is two hours away from both airports.

Attendees in need of transport from the airport to the campsite and attendees who wish to volunteer as drivers are invited to complete our Shuttle Form.

DrivingPrepare to arrive by 3 pm on Friday, May 24.

PREPARATIONS

  • Qur’an
  • The recommended text, “Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship” by Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazzālī
  • Bedding (compact sleeping bag or blanket, twin mattress sheet, small pillow)
  • Towels
  • Soap
  • Sanitation wipes
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Flashlight
  • Hiking shoes
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Light sweater (average temperature in May is 73 by day and 50 by night)
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Ibuprofen
  • Granola bars or light snacks

LODGING AND MEALS

Lodging consists of cabins with bunk beds and shared latrines. Attendees must bring their own bedding, including a small pillow.

We encourage families with older children to stay in our dorm-style cabins in order to have a fuller experience with other camp attendees. For an additional fee, attendees may also opt to stay together in private accommodations.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided throughout the program. Meals will be simple, healthy, and wholesome.

Nestled in the quaint, picturesque mountains of Shenandoah, Brethren Woods Camp & Retreat Center welcomes Lanturna’s Third Annual Family Retreat, in an ambience conducive to devotion, reflection, and study and featuring a number of memorable family recreations, amid the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains skyline.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Programming for all ages with separate adult and youth tracks
  • Family recreational activities, including archery, hiking, canoeing, low/high rope, climbing towers, and more
  • Cherished children care for ages 1 to 3
  • Breakout workshops including tajwīd of sūrat al-fātiḥah and the fiqh of prayer according to the Mālikī and Ḥanafī schools
  • Qiyām al-layl vigil every night
  • Daily recitation of yā sīn, al-wāqiʿah, and al-mulk
  • Nightly reading of al-rātib al-shahīr by Imām al-Ḥaddād
  • Roundtable discussions with instructors at mealtimes
  • Family night concert
  • Stargazing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Personal office hours with instructors
  • Circle of Light gathering with student reflections
  • Healthy, wholesome meals
  • Rings of Light communal Qur’an khatm

The recommended text for this Spring’s Camp is Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazzālī’s “Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship,” a spiritual treatment of the profound rituals of Islam. Its chapters are short, and we have included the following reading timetable that you may complete the book ten days before our retreat begins. Be sure to read through the section on prayer and bring your questions. You may purchase your copy via THIS LINK.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MAY 24
1500 Arrive and settle in
1600 – 1645 Jumuʿah prayer
1645 – 1715 Sūrat al-kahf
1715 – 1730 Jumuʿah sweets
1730 – 1745 ʿAṣr
1900 – 2000 Dinner
2030 – 2100 Maghrib
2115 – 2200 Welcome & orientation
2215 – 2300 ʿIshā & sūrat al-mulk
2300 Rest
SATURDAY, MAY 25 
0500 – 0530 Fajr & sūrat yā sīn
0530 – 0600 Qur’an recitation for khatm
0600 – 0815 Rest
0815 – 0830 Ḍuḥā
0830 – 0915 Morning hike/sūrat al-raḥmān
0930 – 1030 Breakfast
1030 – 1100 Centering our intentions
1100 – 1200 Session I
1200 – 1300 Sports, tajwīd & office hours
1300 – 1330 Ẓuhr & prayer reflection
1330 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1530 Session II
1530 – 1730 Archery & high ropes, tajwīd, office hours
1730 – 1800 ʿAṣr & sūrat al-wāqiʿah
1800 – 1900 Session III
1900 -2000 Dinner
2030 – 2100 Maghrib & Qur’an recitation
2115 – 2200 Anāshīd & spiritual reflections
2215 – 2300 ʿIshā’, sūrat al-mulk, al-rātib al-shahīr | Prayers of the Prophet
2300 – 2330 Qiyām under the stars
SUNDAY, MAY 26 
0500 – 0530 Fajr & sūrat yā sīn
0530 – 0815 Qur’an recitation for khatm
0600 – 0815 Rest
0815 – 0830 Ḍuḥā
0830 – 0915 Morning hike/sūrat al-raḥmān
0930 – 1030 Breakfast
1030 – 1100 Wuḍūʾ workshop
1100 – 1200 Session IV
1200 – 1300 Sports, tajwīd & office hours
1300 – 1330 Ẓuhr & prayer reflection
1330 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1530 Session V
1530 – 1730 Archery, canoeing & high ropes, tajwīd, office hours
1730 – 1800 ʿAṣr & sūrat al-wāqiʿah
1800 – 1900 Session VI
1900 -2000 Dinner
2030 – 2100 Maghrib & Qur’an recitation
2100 – 2200 Circle of Light
2215 – 2300 ʿIshā’, sūrat al-mulk, al-rātib al-shahīr | Prayers of the Prophet
2300 – 2330 Qiyām under the stars
MONDAY, MAY 27
0500 – 0530 Fajr & sūrat yā sīn
0530 – 0600 Qur’an recitation for khatm
0600 – 0815 Rest
0815 – 0830 Ḍuḥā
0830 – 0915 Morning hike/sūrat al-raḥmān
0930 – 1030 Breakfast
1030 – 1115 Closing Session
1115 – 1130 Duʿāʾ al-khatm
 1200 – 1600 Optional Shenandoah trip

Our beloved Prophet Mūsā ascended the mountain where Allah spoke to Him these words:إِنَّنِىٓ أَنَا ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَٰهَ إِلَّآ أَنَا۠ فَٱعْبُدْنِى وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ لِذِكْرِىٓ  “I, I am Allah. No god has the right of worship except Me. So worship Me, and establish prayer for My veneration” (ṭā hā 20:14). Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ascended beyond the seven skies to receive the gift of prayer. The command to pray descended upon our lord Mūsā from a burning bush, and our lord Muhammad ascended to receive the command from a burning desire. Our lord Mūsa had sought the warmth of a fire (nār) for his family, and our lord Muhammad was invited into the light of God (nūr) for his ummah. The two discussed the blessing in the sixth sky of whether the ummah could bear fifty daily prayers, and our lord Mūsā pleaded with our lord Muhammad to continue asking Allah to lessen its number, and so Allah rewarded each of five prayers tenfold. Remarking on the gift, our lord Muhammad once said الصلاة معراج المؤمن “Prayer is the ascent of the faithful.” Lanturna invites you and your families to transcend into the presence of Allah on five daily ascents toward His light, that we lose ourselves in His splendour, and reflect the light of prayer in our words, our deeds, and our states.

El-Hajj Hisham presented the class with so much love as if he was talking about a very close personal friend mā shāʾ Allāh. I was able to feel the love and pain that our Prophet went through. He made me realize how I can draw from our beloved Prophet’s personality and attitude in times of trials and tribulations and in times of joy, providing insight into our own life issues and concerns. My three kids enjoyed this class too.

—Maimoona Rashid

The Lanturna Sīrah Retreat was such a beautiful gathering. The insights gained have changed my perceptive about how I relate to the sīrah. I feel a deep connection to the Prophet Muhammad . Weeks after the event I still continue some of the beautiful sunnahs we practiced.

—Khadeeja Abdullah

Lanturna’s “Years of the Beloved” Retreat was a wonderful experience for my family. El-Hajj Hisham brought the sīrah to life and helped us view the life of our dear Prophet in an entirely different light. I’ve read multiple sīrah books before, but have never felt this close to the Prophet . I deeply admire El-Hajj Hisham’s vision for the Muslim community in the United States. His warm, practical approach allows us to truly live the sīrah every moment of our lives. May Allah put barakah in Lanturna and allow El-Hajj Hisham’s wisdom to reach every home.

—Lena Khan